The delicate taste of this delicacy that melts in your mouth is probably familiar to everyone. In recent times, in Soviet times, the “Bird’s milk” cake never lay freely on the windows, but cracked. He even had to order coupons. For example, in Moscow, in the former Gorky Street, opposite the Minsk Hotel, there was a pastry shop, where Muscovites and guests of the capital were constantly waiting for this cake. But why did it start to be called such a romantic “Bird’s milk”, because in essence it is simply a souffle in chocolate?
We will briefly delve into the story and then tell you how to make a homemade bird cake.
Once upon a time, there was a legend about a bird of paradise that fed its chickens milk. Those people who managed to get “bird’s milk” were delighted with its unearthly taste and ability to cure any disease and strengthen a person’s spirit and body.
A lot of time has passed since then, and the term “bird’s milk” has started to mean something very desirable, but what is practically impossible to get in real life. At the same time, modern ornithologists confirm that milk for birds actually exists and that birds feed their chickens with them, however, in a very short time. restaurant “Prague” 1920. After many years, a patent was issued for the production of milk cake for birds, and therefore they issued it in very small batches and issued to order for coupons. This once again confirmed the rarity and exclusivity of this delicacy
Soviet times must have sunk into oblivion. Now any cake known from before under such names as “Prague”, “Kiev”, “Goose legs”, “Leningrad”, “Fairy tale” and, finally, “Bird’s milk” can be safely bought in any shops. True, their taste is not the same. After all, before there weren’t all kinds of food additives, sweeteners and flavors, and all the ingredients were natural. Now such cakes are baked for everyone, taking advantage of their well-deserved popularity in the past with sweet teeth.
Here is the promised recipe for cooking “Bird’s milk” cake.
To cook it, first separate the egg whites from the yolks and put them in the fridge. Mix the egg yolks with sugar, butter, flour, soda, whipped vinegar and grind everything. Place the resulting dough on a greased baking sheet and bake in a hot oven for 10-15 minutes. Remove the dough from the pan hot, leave to cool and cut in half horizontally with a sharp knife. Get two cakes for the future cake.
Now take the souffle. Pour cold boiling water over the gelatine, leave it to swell for an hour, then put it on the fire and melt it in the same water over a low heat (but do not boil it). Meanwhile, take the squirrels out of the fridge and whisk the citric acid into a thick foam. Put a pinch of vanilla in it. Without stopping to beat, add a little 2 cups of granulated sugar. Then, little by little, pour the prepared gelatin. Put the whipped cream in the fridge. After 5 minutes, place it on the bottom cake, flatten and cover with another cake.
If the work piece baked from the dough is too thin and cannot be divided into two parts horizontally, cut it and cover it with the other half so that the souffle is in the middle.
For the glaze, first mix the cocoa powder with a little granulated sugar to mix better. Add water, all remaining sugar and butter. Thoroughly mix the resulting mixture and put it on the fire. Stir constantly, bring to a boil (make sure the sugar grains melt). Pour warm icing on all sides of the cake, leave to cool and cool. With glazes you can make drawings, ornaments, greeting inscriptions by spraying powdered sugar through a paper template.
To make a bird’s milk cake you will need: • For the dough: ½ cups flour, 6 egg yolks, 100 g butter, 1 cup sugar, 1/3 tablespoon baking soda, 1 tbsp. spoon of vinegar.
• For souffles: ½ cups of cold boiling water, 1 tbsp. tablespoon gelatin, 6 protein, 1/3 tbsp. tablespoons citric acid, 2 cups sugar.
• For the glaze: 1 cup sugar, 2 tbsp. spoons of cocoa powder, 3 tbsp. spoons of water, 50 g of oil.
As you can see, it’s not that hard to make a homemade bird cake.